Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy

Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy

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By (author) Gwyneth Cravens, Introduction by Richard Rhodes

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 439 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 26mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307385876
  • ISBN 13: 9780307385871
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 239,380

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An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. In the end, we see that if we are to care for subsequent generations, embracing nuclear energy is an ethical imperative.

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Gwyneth Cravens has written about science and public health for "The New York Times," "Harper's," and "The Washington Post." She was an editor at "The New Yorker "and at "Harper's," and has published three novels: "The Black Death, Heart's Desire," and "Love and Work." This is her first work of nonfiction.

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"There is by now a pretty long list of enviromentalists who used to be anti-nuke and are now in favor of it . . . If a new book called "Power to Save the World "is half as good as this "Wall Street Journal "review says it is, expect that list to get much, much longer." -"New York Times "Freakonomics blog" "by Stephen J. Dubner "Illuminating . . . a picaresque, flat-out love song to the bad boy of the great American energy debate-as good a book as we're likely to get on a subject mired in political incorrectness." -"Wall Street Journal " "In a vividly descriptive, exhaustively researched, and unfailingly lucid narrative, Cravens tracks the life cycle of uranium, tours nuclear facilities, and asks tough questions . . . Cravens' thorough inquiry dispels myths, clarifies science, and portrays an astonishing and ever more crucial hidden world." -"Booklist," starred review "Let's hope this clear-eyed, up-to-date tour of all things nuclear . . . sparks a renewed nationwide debate." -"Wired ""Craven has submitted a thorough, persuasive report from the front lines of the world's energy and climate crises, illuminating for general readers the pros and cons of a highly misunderstood resource." -"Publisher's Weekly ""Her presentation of these arguments is lucid and convincing, and her prose is lively and colorful . . . this is a sensible and important contribution to the dialog." -"Library Journal ""Interesting and informative . . . if you are concerned about global warming and the damage caused by our consumption of fossil fuels, as Ms. Cravens is, you would do well to read this book . . . very readable . . . understandable to the lay person whileremaining technically rigorous." -"East Hampton Star" "From the Hardcover edition."